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Grockit Branches Out to Google Marketplace
Grockit, the education-focused online social networking service, is gaining integration with Google Apps. The service has moved into the Google Apps Marketplace, a hub for software that adds functionality to Google's hosted apps, such as Google Docs and Google Calendar.
Grockit is a social platform designed to provide students with an online destination where they can study and prepare for standardized tests, such as the SAT, LSAT, ACT, and others. It's also designed as a platform for teachers to provide individualized instruction for their students.
Some of the tools and features available through the platform include:
- Prescriptive study plans based on students' academic abilities, with progress tracking for adapting plans to changing needs;
- Online gaming;
- Social networking functionality;
- Video lessons;
- Content aligned to state and national standards;
- Live online study sessions;
- A Web-based assessment engine; and
- Supplemental English and math curriculum through Grockit Academy.
Through the move to the Google Apps Marketplace, users of Google Apps will be able to access Grockit via single sign-on. They'll also be able to sync their Google Calendars with their Grockit study schedule and import documents into Google Docs.
According to Grockit, schools, colleges, and universities adding Grockit to their Google Apps domain in 2010 will receive free, unlimited, year-long access for all of their students to Grockit's premium services, which normally run $99.99 per student for an annual license. Further information is available here.
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